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Queen's University

Senate in brief

April 8, 2014

Highlights from the March 25 meeting of Senate

At the beginning of the meeting, Principal Daniel Woolf welcomed Board of Trustees Chair Barbara Palk, who presented a report on the Board's activities to Senate. He also congratulated Senator Isabelle Duchaine, who won a 2014 Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award, the highest tribute a student can earn for valuable service to the university in non-athletic, extra-curricular activities.

Principal’s report

In addition to his written report, Principal Woolf provided the following updates:

  • Premier’s Summit on Talent and Skills in the New Economy. The summit, which the principal attended last month, brought together university and college leaders with the heads of non-profit organizations, industry and business. Talks focused on the importance of establishing partnerships between the post-secondary sector and industry, as well as the value of experiential education, both areas which Queen’s is moving forward on through the Strategic Framework.
  • Concurrent program with St. Lawrence College. The principal celebrated the launch last month of the five-year Concurrent Bachelor of Music and Digital Media program that will graduate students with qualifications from both Queen’s and St. Lawrence. The program will begin admitting students in September. In 2011, the principal signed an MOU with St. Lawrence outlining the institutions’ commitment to finding more opportunities for collaboration – on everything from student health and wellness, to research and joint programming.
  • Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA) process. The principal informed Senate that he and the provost would be speaking with Paul Genest, Special Advisor on the SMAs, regarding where things stand and about allocations of spaces for future graduate enrolment growth.
  • Mayor’s Community Update. In the principal’s absence, the provost attended the update, where the mayor talked about plans for the city to meet the community’s needs, challenges and opportunities by creating six key priority areas.
  • Gift announcement. Queen’s alumnus Stu Lang, once a star player on the Gaels football team who went on to play with the CFL, has pledged a lead gift of $10 million toward the $25 million campaign to revitalize Richardson Stadium.

Provost’s report

The provost’s office provided the Campus Master Plan Report.

Committee motions and reports

Senate approved:

Senate referred two motions regarding Fall Break back to SCAP.

Senate received:

1. The recommendation that the Rules of Procedure be revised to reflect the change in name of the Senate Nominating Committee as the Senate Governance and Nominating Committee (SGNC) and the Senate Agenda Committee as the Senate Agenda and Summer Advisory Committee.
2. The recommendation that Section 7 of the Rules of Procedure of the Senate be amended by deleting: IV. Motions other than from Standing Committees and replacing it with: IV. Motions.

Senate received for information:

Reports of faculties and schools

Senate received for information the Health Sciences Faculty Board Report, the GSEC Report to Senate, and the Law Faculty Report to Senate.

Motions other than from standing committees

Senate received a motion regarding voting mechanisms during Senate meetings, which has been referred to SGNC.

Question period

The provost provided a written response to a question regarding the QuARMS selection process.

The provost provided a written response to a question regarding library and archivists on Senate.

The provost provided a written response to several questions regarding the Teaching and Learning Action Plan.

The provost provided a written response to a question regarding interdisciplinary learning.

The provost provided a written response to a question regarding the roles and responsibilities of Continuing and Distance Studies.

The provost responded to a question regarding the Union Gallery. He stated that the university would continue to provide its current level of support to the gallery, which includes, among other things, the space occupied by the gallery at no cost.


Senate received for information:

  • An oral report from Barbara Palk, Chair of the Board of Trustees, that focused on the governance journey of the Board. She spoke about the Board’s reform process, the importance of its oversight role in ensuring Queen’s is positioned to succeed through a process of strategic planning, and how it is actively measuring progress against the university’s goals using relevant and objective metrics. She also spoke about strengthening the Board’s understanding of the academy and building links between the Board and Senate.
  • An update from the Research Centres and Institutes Task Force.
  • The university’s Strategic Framework.
  • The Research Report.
  • The Aboriginal Council Annual Report 2013.

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